Emirates SkyCargo’s growing success as a
fast-expanding global air cargo carrier was demonstrated when it received a
trio of accolades at the highly-respected Cargo Airline of the Year Awards.
The ceremony, held recently in London, is one of the premier annual events
in the cargo industry calendar.The carrier picked up three awards, winning ‘Best cargo airline to the
Middle East’ for an unprecedented seventeenth consecutive year; ‘Best cargo
airline to the Indian subcontinent’ for the eighth time, and ‘Best cargo
airline to the Far East’ for the second time.
Peter Sedgely, Emirates’ Vice President Cargo Commercial Operations, who was
in attendance said: “Emirates SkyCargo is honoured to receive this
recognition, not just for its services to the Middle East, but to a wide
range of onward destinations as well. These awards are powerful recognition
of our dynamic growth in the choice of destinations and services that we
offer our customers.”
Emirates SkyCargo receives these awards at a time of continuing growth,
which saw the inauguration of six new destinations in 2004 and dedicated
freighter services to Johannesburg, Lahore, Nairobi and Milan. The
Seychelles joined Emirates SkyCargo’s global network in January, with
services to Seoul and Hamburg starting in May and October respectively. The
carrier’s growth into mainland China continues in 2006, with Beijing joining
Shanghai and Dalian on the network.
Emirates SkyCargo currently serves a global route network that spans 76
destinations in 53 countries.
The carrier’s fleet has grown too - its freighter operation expanding by a
third in 2004 with the addition of two Boeing 747-400Fs, taking the current
freighter fleet to a total of six aircraft. In addition, June 2005 will see
the first of three Airbus A310-300Fs join the fleet, enabling Emirates
SkyCargo to serve key markets better with quicker turnarounds.
The awards are organised by UK-based trade magazine Air Cargo News, and
attract votes from readers across the world.